Posted: 9:57 am Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

LGBT group targets Michelle Nunn on gay marriage 

By Daniel Malloy, Jim Galloway and Greg Bluestein

A 2013 rally in Midtown after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

A 2013 rally in Midtown after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

The same LGBT group that pressured Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to “evolve” on gay marriage has now set its sights on Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

The group has repurposed its Reed-oriented Facebook page with this message:

Nunn’s official position is that “the definition of marriage should be left to the states” and she has refused to take an official position on employment non-discrimination or the full repeal of DOMA.

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogPlease help us tell Ms. Nunn that “states’ rights” is no more acceptable for LGBT equality than it was for racial equality.

If Michelle Nunn wants the support of the LGBT Community, she should join the other members of her party — around the nation and here in Georgia — and proudly stand in support of full LGBT Equality.

Charlie Stadtlander, who let us know about the reorientation, said Nunn’s other sins include a lack of support for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and the acceptance of cash from a political action committee controlled by former U.S. senator Richard Lugar of Indiana, a Republican who helped formulate the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of the 1990s – with Michelle Nunn’s father.

“We’re not going to give her a free pass in the LGBT community. We’re going to go after her,” Stadtlander said.

The reaction from Nunn spokesman Nathan Click:

“Michelle has said time and again that she believes that all Georgians should be allowed to share in marriage as she and her husband have done. She also believes that is not only a legal construct, but a sacrament, and every religious institution has to be able to define it for themselves. The reality is that Georgia voters have spoken on this issue — passing a constitutional ban on same sex marriage.

“Michelle voted against it, but Georgia voters came to a different conclusion. Now it’s up to the courts to decide whether amendments like this are constitutional. In the Senate, Michelle would continue to stand for the equality of all Georgians. She would oppose any law that does not respect the right of all people to marry and would vote to repeal any discriminatory federal laws that have not yet been struck down by the court. There is a big difference between her and David Perdue on this issue.”

Inconveniently for the Nunn campaign, U.S. Rep. John Lewis touched on the topic in a recent interview with the LGBT news outlet GA Voice. When asked whether the LGBT community should expect the top-of-the-ticket Democrats to be more vocal on its issues, Lewis replied that they should show more leadership — and their reticence is likely motivated by political calculation:

“I think if people feel strongly about an issue they have a moral obligation to speak up and speak out. On the other hand, I think they have to have what I call an “executive session” with themselves. Say “this is my position and this is where I’m going to stand” and be consistent and be persistent. And use their candidacy, use their presence to help educate. And it’s very difficult for people in this region, but leaders have to lead.

“I can understand the position that Michelle [Nunn] and Jason [Carter] may be in. I’ve heard ‘Let them get elected and they’ll be more effective and be able to do more and say more’ but I think there are many politicians in this region that are reluctant to say anything. I tell people all the time, ‘Go with your gut and it will work out.’ It’s amazing to me that in such a short few years, people have come so far. And they just need a little leadership really.

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Republican U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue will participate in three debates with Democrat Michelle Nunn this fall, two fewer than Nunn requested. The three expected match-ups:

– Oct. 7 in Perry, broadcast by WMAZ;

– Oct. 26 in Atlanta, put on by Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Atlanta Press Club;

– and Nov. 2 in Atlanta, broadcast by our corporate cousins at Channel 2 Action News.

“We’re planning to participate in three debates, which should be ample opportunity for voters to make their decision,” Perdue spokeswoman Megan Whittemore wrote in an email. “Right now, David is taking his message directly to the people of Georgia, and unlike his opponent, he has been very clear on where he stands on the issues.”

Several Republicans have noted that while Nunn was dodging debates in her primary – participating in only a single GPB forum – Perdue was regularly sparring with his Republican opponents. Whittemore counted more than a dozen debates. It felt like 40.
The Nunn camp, naturally, contends that Perdue is avoiding confrontation.

“No wonder David Perdue is twisting himself in knots to avoid engaging on the trail– he doesn’t want to have to explain his ‘real world’ record of shipping jobs overseas and leading companies that laid off thousands of workers,” Nunn spokesman Nathan Click wrote in an email. “He may be a fresh face, but he’s already shown that he would bring more of the same dysfunction and finger pointing Georgians are sick of from Washington.”

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The Washington Post took a trip to Warner Robins to examine the Georgia Senate race, with a focus on Sam Nunn. Writes Colby Itkowitz, of the intertwined networks of father and daughter:

Now, the political network and legacy Sam Nunn built are turning into a line of defense for his daughter.

Among Michelle Nunn’s supporters are two former Republican U.S. senators, John Warner of Virginia and Richard Lugar of Indiana, both close colleagues of her father’s. Her team of advisers includes several former Nunn allies from Washington. Bernard Aronson, who was assistant secretary of State in President George H. W. Bush’s administration, called the older Nunn “a close friend and a strategic thinker of the best sort.” He’s been advising his friend’s daughter on foreign policy.

At least 60 individual campaign contributions are from donors who once gave to her father, according to an analysis of data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics.

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If you don’t think President Barack Obama’s cautious approach when it comes to the Islamic State is worrisome to fellow Democrats, consider U.S. Rep. David Scott’s Tuesday remarks on 106.7FM, after the second beheading of another captured American journalist:

“I’ve been urging the president to act. I want him to act. I have asked him to act, months ago…

“This beheading happened because we didn’t respond to the last one…The president is behind the eight-ball on this issue.”

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Former DeKalb County school board member Nancy Jester is now running for the seat on the DeKalb County Commission vacated by Republican Elaine Boyer, who now faces jail time for misuse of taxpayer funds. From an email to supporters:

“Confidence in DeKalb government has been shattered. I’m a small government conservative. I also believe that the operations of government should be carried on with a vigorous commitment to competence and credibility. Right now, we have the worst of both worlds; bloated government that has shown to be incompetent and corrupt.”

Jester, of Dunwoody, who fell short in the GOP primary race for state school superintendent this year, proposes to reduce costs on the commission and to hold regular community meetings over coffee. She also proposes this new idea, in the wake of the scandals involving how commissioners use their purchasing cards:

“Of particular importance to me is the need for real-time financial disclosure of government agencies and offices. Other states have implemented on-line check registers that show how your tax dollars are being spent on a daily basis.

“If I were a DeKalb County Commissioner, I would institute an on-line check register for my office. Had this been in place, it would have been difficult, because of the immediate disclosure, for a commissioner to abuse their p-card by paying for personal expenses. It would also have provided an uncomfortable spotlight on the consulting fee/kick-back scheme as it was happening.”

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is out with another ad attacking Republican Rick Allen in the 12th Congressional District. It follows a theme we’ve seen from the Michelle Nunn campaign of deploying a female narrator to make the case.

The ad uses some of the same attacks from a prior ad on Allen making money off of “higher taxes” and having projects go “over budget” that were dinged by factcheck.org for lacking the proper context. (The higher taxes were agreed to by residents as a SPLOST, and Allen’s projects were over budget by a small percentage.)

It also shows you what kind of district the 12th is, when the messages from national Democrats are all about being stingy with taxpayer dollars.

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WSB Radio’s Sandra Parrish caught up with Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway for more reaction to U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson’s proposed legislation to make it harder for civilian law enforcement authorities to obtain military hardware. Listen here:

Said Conway:

“Like anything else, you don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. And I think that’s what the congressman is trying to do with his bill…

“The biggest thing we have is an LAV, an armored personnel carrier. It’s not equipped with any type of offensive weapon. It’s just a bullet-proof vehicle that the SWAT members can get into, to get into close proximity of a house or location…

“It’s a pretty big piece of equipment. Once it’s in somebody’s yard, they understand that we’re serious and we’re not going away. Usually that’s enough to make somebody give up their weapons….”

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Libertarian Andrew Hunt, the party’s candidate for governor, unveiled his new ad today that tried to make the case that voters are losing interest in Democratic and Republican policies.

Don’t expect to see the ad plastered on the airwaves. The party said it hoped to roll out in the spot in “select markets” and on social media campaigns.

“The recent 19 percent voter turnout in the state primary indicates voters have lost interest in the stale two party system and they refuse to give away their votes,” said Doug Craig, the party’s chairman. “There is no need for voters to feel disenfranchised. The Libertarian Party wants their vote.”

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Back in the day, Chuck Searcy was well-known figure in Georgia politics – a Vietnam protester on the University of Georgia campus, co-founder of an alternative newspaper in Athens, a Small Business Administration bureaucrat during the Jimmy Carter administration, and executive director of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. Here’s where he is now:

 

 

 

39 comments
MI550
MI550

Wow nothing about the Hollywood hacking case and how State Representative Buzz Brockway solved it and pinned the blame on some guy in Gwinnett whose parents and Brockway had problems.  Brockway posted it on Peach Pundit and convicted the guy

EdUktr
EdUktr

Does anyone seriously doubt Nunn would follow Obama's lead 100% on gay marriage, amnesty for illegals or tax increases?

Bernie31
Bernie31

I Thank-you The LBGT Community for stepping Forward and Standing UP to Michelle Nunn and the Good Ole Boy Georgia Democrat Politics, She has ALLOWED Herself to become the Latest Victim of.

Sadly, Michelle Nunn has been VERY DISAPPOINTING in what Could have been one of the Greatest Political Newcomers to have come before the Voters of The State Of Georgia in a Very Long Time.

Michelle has allowed the OLD POLITICAL GUARD of Georgia Politics to HIJACK her Campaign. A Campaign that should have been one of The Future and Hope. 

Unfortunately for Michelle and the Voters of Georgia. Michelle has allowed a Face and Political rhetoric of a DOUBLE TONGUED Politics of a Georgia Politicians Of OLD!

We have seen and lived that Movie Before...We cannot afford to support such a Candidate of that STRIPE with our Precious Vote! Not This Time and Never AGAIN!

We have 9 weeks to go before Election Day!

Michelle Still has Time to TURN This very deep Perceived Failure Around and Get on the Right TRACK.

Sadly For Michelle and The Tens Of Thousands who would be her most ardent Supporters are being discouraged and driven Away in Larger Numbers Everyday!

A Change of Campaign Managers, Advisers and Political Consultants is required to make such a necessary change at this Junction. Surely Michelle is NOW too deeply tied with them Emotionally, Politically and Philosophically to make such an event Possible.

Some Leaders are Born to Lead and Some Never See The Light Of Day, because of those they surround themselves with.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Dekalb County......She is BAAAAAAAACCCCCCK!  Mrs.Nancy Jester!

I  am referring to the INFAMOUS, BETRAYING former school Board member of the Dekalb County School System, who does NOT PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS!

This is the same Nancy Jester who recently FAILED in the Republican Primary in her run for The Office Of The State Of Georgia School Superintendent. 

Nancy NOW wants to create more disharmony, discontent, Hatred and sow seeds of Racial Division to see Dekalb County in her distorted image of a Political Prism that is Wrong and Anti Productive to the Already Political Dysfunction that is ongoing in Dekalb County Politics.

If You are WISE, you as a Community as one should REJECT Nancy Jester's Candidacy. This Candidacy should be STOPPED Soundly and without any Ambiguity. 

Nancy Jester's Brand of Politics is as  Poisonous  and as Venomous as any SNAKE you would find on The Ground. This is one Candidate that cannot be TRUSTED under ANY Circumstances.

SELAH

td1234
td1234

Marriage has always been a state issue and non of the Federal governments business. The people of a state has always placed their own mores and values into the marriage covenant. They say how old a person can be before they get married, what degree of relationship people must be prior to marriage and under what circumstances people can end the marriage. This is a state issue and since marriage is not a Constitutionally protected right then the Feds need to stay the heck out of the business. 

GaBlue
GaBlue

Un-elected candidates can't do much for your cause. I'm always amazed at how obtuse ideologues can be when it comes to how our system works. It's called compromise. What.... Georgia Democratic candidates aren't liberal enough for you?  Fine. The harvest you reap from that stand is another ten years of Republican theocratic rule.


Reality: It's not perfect, but if you join us here, together we might be able to make it a little bit better. 

ByteMe
ByteMe

 “The recent 19 percent voter turnout in the state primary indicates voters have lost interest in the stale two party system and they refuse to give away their votes,” said Doug Craig, the party’s chairman.

Wrong.  The 19 percent voter turnout in a run-off election held during summer vacation indicates voters aren't home during the summer for elections that are a choice between crappy and crappier.

DS
DS

Have any reporters asked Sheriff Conway what he thought of the use of heavy military equipment in Ferguson MO? Does he think the police handled that well or poorly?

I don't know Sheriff Conway, but I'd be surprised if any law enforcement officer thinks that such equipment was used appropriately in Ferguson. In fact, the situation only began to settle once the armed occupation was replaced with good community police work.

I've read Johnson's proposed legislation, and I think it's headed in a good direction. I might suggest removing some items from the list.

This legislation would not require Sheriff Conway's deputies to go into dangerous situations unprotected. The legislation is simply designed to bring some sanity, responsibility and accountability to the way surplus military equipment is redistributed.

Conway and Johnson might not be very far apart on this. Some open-minded discussion and collaboration might do a world of good.

notagain
notagain

And you think Perdue will be best man at LGBT weddings,better think again.

Crackers you have a choice,a chance to break the monopoly,better take advantage, when opportunity avails..

Astropig
Astropig

I'm going to pop some corn and watch the libs cannibalize each other over the issue of who can be liberal enough to win the LGBT vote.Nunn-Martin may actually have to take a stand on something. Should be a hoot.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

I used to be fully in support for gay rights.  However, after having been treated with disrespect and condescension by some gays on Jay Bookman's blog, I now have more qualified support for their cause.


MLK Jr. embodied the spiritually sound idea - treat others as you would like to be treated.

td1234
td1234

John Lewis is correct. Nunn will not come out and state she stands for taking the right of who can marry in Georgia away from the residents of Georgia and mandating it at the Federal level due to political reasons. 


Nunn refuses to let the voters of this state know just how progressive she really is. 

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

@td1234 


the states also used to say interracial marriage was a no-no...until the Federal government changed it. u cons also said the same things about slavery being a states rights issue....states rights is just another term for "more bigotry"

MoFaux
MoFaux

@MaryElizabethSings Do you realize those could be just some internet trolls having fun with you?  Why do you care what a few anonymous bloggers say anyway?  Gay marriage is coming, with or without Georgians' consent.  I'm not gay btw.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@MaryElizabethSings

 I'm sorry  you faced that, MaryElizabeth - the only thing I can say is that gay people are no different that anyone else - some of thoughtful, some are jerks.

Sorry that you ran into the jerks.

Astropig
Astropig

@MaryElizabethSings 


"I used to be fully in support for gay rights."

So...It's situational. They have rights and equality when the support the "right" Democrat. Got it... Glad you cleared that up.

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

@td1234 


u mean peoples rights should be put up for voters to decide? spoken like a white person.

peewilly
peewilly

@td1234 


Yeah, Cause it is political suicide for her.


I guarantee as the election comes to a close, in a last ditch effort, she will be all over the gay cause.

It will be much safer for her to do so then.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@lithoniaguy @td1234 -Tiny Dog is married to an Asian Woman and that means as late as 1970 in Georgia. Tiny Dog was a Felon.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@MoFaux 


No trolls, instead some of the most favored posters on Bookman's blog and the disrespect and condescension of me, publicly, went on for 3 years.  Hardly something one easily forget.  Though one must forgive, and I hope to do that with God's help in the future.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@CherokeeCounty 


I realize that what you say is correct, Cherokee, and because I do realize that, I still support gay rights.  However, I will not be the advocate for their rights that I could have been.  I have been too exposed to too much pettiness, from too many of them, to be the full-fledged advocate that I might have been.  

td1234
td1234

@peewilly @td1234 Good point. The last couple weeks when it will be almost impossible to get her real stance out to the public. 

td1234
td1234

@Bernie31 I am pretty sure interracial marriage was just between blacks and whites. 

Astropig
Astropig

@MaryElizabethSings @CherokeeCounty 

"  I have been too exposed to too much pettiness, from too many of them, to be the full-fledged advocate that I might have been.  "


Even that measure of solidarity will cause them to despise you even more.If you don't give them unconditional support (no matter how unreasonable they are), you're no better than Nathan Deal to them. That's why I'm glad we don't have to kowtow to them on the conservative side. 2-4 % of the population shouldn't dictate public policy to everyone else.

Astropig
Astropig

@MaryElizabethSings @Astropig 

Like I said...It's situational. The parts of the bible you don't agree with,you airbrush out of your philosophy. 

Catlady-Simpsons. Perfect simile.

truth_2_tell
truth_2_tell

@MaryElizabethSings


If America were a theocracy, Biblical pull-quotes would be relevant to the discussion.


Sally 24:69

Irving 7:11

Tosh.0


Sorry to hear about your 'situational' 'support', but respect must be earned.


Bernie31
Bernie31

@td1234 @Bernie31 - LOL! you are a bigger FOOL than Yer Know!

Yer need to check the Georgia Statues for better clarification of yer thankin!


Why not take yer woman to de Governor's Home town Gainesville.


Go to Bobs greasy spoon...on de square!


dem Frowns yer see...say Welcome! glad yew is here!

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Astropig 


I wouldn't know about that because I have never been interested in watching a TV show as inane as "The Simpsons."


Btw, I live in a beautiful home, which I and and my dear husband worked for 42 years to own.  And, I have never been fond of cats.  Wrong again, Astropig.  You and td are batting zero on understanding human nature.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@Astropig @MaryElizabethSings Yep.  That's why Baptists ignore several sections of the Bible.

Jesus condemned divorce and remarriage - Baptist churches are full of those folks, but that's okay as long as they're not gay.

Jesus said to turn the other cheek - Baptists long to pack their weapons to church.

Jesus said to take care of the poor - Baptists worry much more about the needs of the Koch brothers.

For once, pig, you said something that was correct.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@truth_2_tell 


"Reaping what one's sows"  is more a truism of life that a religious dogma. 


If you think that one always gets respect because it is earned, you are foolish indeed.  Sometimes lack of respect is given because of jealousy and insecurity.  Grow up and understand human nature better.